Saturday, September 29, 2018

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N40825: Accident occurred September 29, 2018 at Fowlers NW 40 Airport (12WA), Spokane, Washington

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spokane, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA575
Date & Time: 09/29/2018, 1000 PDT
Registration: N40825
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The non-instructor rated pilot reported that he agreed to go flying with a student pilot in the student's airplane, and act as pilot in command while seated in the right seat. During the approach to land, with the student on the controls, the airplane was high, but with the "airfield made", full flaps were selected. According to the pilot, the airplane "got slow and low" and the student initiated a go around. During the go around, in a single motion, the pilot raised the flaps to the full up position and the airplane "struggled to fly and climb". Subsequently, the airplane impacted trees at the end of the runway and came to rest on its right side.

The pilot added that the pilot operating handbook states that the flaps should be retracted one notch at a time.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/18/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 730.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 197.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 580.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 63.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N40825
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7425174
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/06/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E3D
Registered Owner: Clinton John Amestoy
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGEG, 2365 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 335°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Spokane, WA (SFF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cheney, WA (12WA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0940 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: FOWLERS NW 40 (12WA)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 2313 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1550 ft / 200 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Go Around 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  47.523611, -117.459167 (est)

SPOKANE COUNTY, Washington - Crews responded to a small plane crash Saturday morning near the Fowlers Airport in the Cheney area.

The single engine aircraft reportedly crashed into trees, and two males were extricated from the plane. The crash occurred in the south Spokane/east Cheney area near the Fowlers Airport off of S Short Rd.

KHQ has been told that the plane was attempting to land at the Fowlers Airport, but missed and attempted a go-around before crashing about 500 yards away from the airport. The flight had originated out of Felts Field in Spokane.

Both men were conscious after the crash and were taken to the hospital, where their condition is unknown.

A nearby witness says they responded to the crash and rendered aid to the victims.

Any information on the pilot or passenger is unknown at this time. 

A Federal Aviation Administration official is en route to the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small, single-engine plane crashed northeast of Cheney on Saturday morning.

Witnesses said the plane appeared to be attempting a landing on a nearby runway in the vicinity of the Homeport Airport. It crashed beyond the runway, hitting a stand of trees and coming to rest on its side.

Two passengers were reportedly inside the plane when it crashed. Witnesses say they were taken away by ambulance, apparently injured.

Spokane County Sheriff spokesperson Mark Gregory said the men did not appear to have life-threatening injuries when they were taken to the hospital.

A man who identified himself as a partial owner of the plane said that it was valued at around $35,000.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to arrive later in the day to investigate.

Original article can be found here ➤

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